Cause and Effect Diagram

Definition of Cause and Effect Diagram:

« Back to Glossary Index

A cause and effect diagram is a visual tool used to logically organize possible causes for a specific problem or effect by graphically displaying them in increasing detail. It helps to identify root causes and ensures common understanding of the causes. It is also called an Ishikawa diagram.

Cause and Effect relationships govern everything that happens and as such are the path to effective problem solving. By knowing the causes, we can find some that are within our control and then change or modify them to meet our goals and objectives. By understanding the nature of the cause and effect principle, we can build a diagram to help us solve everyday problems every time.

« Back to Dictionary Index